From The Director
We have big hearts here at PCK, and healthy hearts as well! Thank you to all of the students for working so hard in PE this month during the Kids Heart Challenge, and thank you to all who donated to the American Heart Association this week. Every year we take advantage of this opportunity to meld our PE curriculum with community service, and it is one of the highlights of the year for our students.
If you happened to be here at recess in the past month, you undoubtedly saw kids jumping rope. As soon as this unit starts, kids get excited and start bringing their own jump ropes from home to use when they are outside. We get to see their creativity in action as they find inventive ways to jump and come up with games to include multiple jumpers. They have such a great time, and we love watching them perfect their skills and increase the amount of time they can jump.
Even though the unit comes to an end this week, I encourage you to keep it going at home. Many of our students are still excited about jumping rope, and it is a great form of exercise. The next time your child complains about being bored (or has hit the limit on his/her screen time), give a gentle nudge to go jump rope. You can also remind your student to practice the heart healthy habits learned in health class this month, especially with healthy eating. Ask your student about foods that support heart health, or better yet, help your child prepare a heart-healthy meal for your family! We hope the students continue using what they learn in the unit throughout their lives.
Thanks again for your support,
Please Take Action In Support Of Charter Schools
Charter schools have recently come under attack from people who don’t have accurate information, including the Deputy Executive Director of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association who said charters “are not held to the same reporting standards as district-run schools.” It is important for charter school families to help correct misinformation so our legislators and the general public can make decisions and form opinions based on facts. Please use this link provided by the Colorado League of Charter Schools to let your legislators know that Colorado charters are accountable to the same (and in some cases stricter) reporting and transparency regulations as neighborhood schools. The link includes access to a pre-written letter that you can send in under 30 seconds. Thanks for taking this important action to help communicate the facts!
Don’t Let Your Car Be Ticketed Or Towed
We continue to receive complaints from our neighbors about PCK families parking on Centennial Drive (the road immediately to our north with access to our parking lot) and in the townhouse community to our north. Please remember, and please remind all grandparents/relatives/friends who come to the school for special events, there is NO PARKING ALLOWED on Centennial Drive. The road is not wide enough to accommodate two lanes of traffic when cars are parked there. Also, the townhouse community to our north has private parking and we are never to park in their complex. We would hate for anyone’s car to be ticketed or towed due to illegal parking. When our lot is full, please look for marked parking spaces around Centerpark Loop. If you do not see lines indicating a parking spot, don’t leave your car there.
Our 5th Graders Are Proud Americans
In December some of our 5th graders entered an essay contest created by the Elks Lodge. The topic students wrote on was “What Makes You Proud of America?” We learned this week that three of our 5th graders were selected out of all the entries submitted by Parker-area schools as winners at the local level. Congratulations to winners Carly Anderson, Sophie Dickey, and Jocelyn Buswell. These three students will be rewarded with a $50 cash prize and their essays will move on to the district level competition. We will find out the results of the district level competition in early May. Great job, writers!
Our Students Love Pi
Pi Day is fast approaching on March 14 (3.14). This year, middle school students will visit elementary classrooms to talk to them about this famous and important irrational number. PCK celebrates the day by selling pieces of pie during lunch for $1/slice. Money raised is used to purchase math supplies. Many volunteers are needed to make this day run smoothly. You can purchase or bake pies, serve during lunch, buy supplies, or collect money. Use the following link to volunteer:
Premier Basketball Club Is Coming To PCK
Attention all 3rd-5th grade girls! Premier Basketball Club is holding free basketball classes at PCK starting March 13. There is a demo day next Wednesday, March 6 at 3:15 in the Sports Gym. No previous basketball experience is needed. After the demo day, girls can register for five free classes on March 13th, 20th, 27th, April 3rd, and 10th from 3:15 – 4:15pm at PCK.
Register for the free classes after the demo day at www.coloradopremierbasketball.com. Go to “registration” and select “Parker Location,” then select “Parker Core Knowledge Clinics.” If you have questions, please contact Mr. Cruz.
Calling Local Business Owners
PCK Families – if you own a local area business, please send your name, business name, and business contact info to email@example.com. We are updating the list of family-owned businesses so we can help to promote them within our PCK community. If you are already in the directory but have updated contact information, please make sure to send it in.
Thank You From The PTA
Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed An Evening in Paris! It was a fantastic night. A special thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make this event happen. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Is Next Week
Our next Spirit night is right around the corner! Join us next Thursday, March 7th at Chick-Fil-A. Don’t forget to mention PCK so the school get a portion of the proceeds. Hope to see you there!
News From The Foundation At PCK
Gala planning is in full swing and we need donations for the silent auction (ie. time shares, restaurant and shopping gift cards, sporting event/show tickets, wine, sports memorabilia and more!) If you haven’t received a Sign Up Genius or other communication regarding Gala auction items needed for your child’s grade, please check with your classroom coordinators. Please send in your donations by Monday as we are putting baskets together Monday evening! Donations can be dropped off at the front desk (please specify your child’s grade/class) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for pickup. There will be a Kona Ice Party for the classroom whose basket(s) raises the most money at the Spring Gala!
Check Out Our Amazing Artists
Several PCK students have their art exhibited at the Parker Library. The display is in the upstairs conference room and runs through April 12th.
Please Bring Your ID
As we roll out our new Raptor check-in system, we use your photo ID to get you set up in the program. Unfortunately, there are some parents who have been set up but the system did not capture your photo from your ID. Please bring your drivers license when you come to the school, even if you have presented it before, so we can make sure you are correctly and completely set up in the system. Thank you for your patience while we get this up and running!
Snack Donations Needed
Later this year we will start CMAS testing. Our students love getting snack breaks during their tests, so we need LOTS of donations to make this happen. You can help by signing up here.
Our 2nd Annual International Festival Is Next Week!
Mark your calendar for Friday, March 8th from 4:00-6:00pm when parents get to visit our International Festival. This is a fun event for the whole family and you will walk away with new knowledge about other parts of the world. You won’t want to miss it!
Congratulations, Black Belt!
Last Saturday, 3rd grader TJ Martin earned his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He attends Tiger Lee’s World Class Tae Kwon Do in Parker. He’s pictured here with Master Lee. Congratulations, TJ! An accomplishment like that takes true determination and perseverance, and we are proud of your hard work.
A HUGE thank you goes to Tracy Keil for single-handedly shoveling a lot of snow off of the playground blacktop on Monday. You are the best, Tracy!